View Poll Results: Which type of inter-religious relationship do you feel comfortable with?

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  • Friendship - Yes.

    63 68.48%
  • Friendship - No

    5 5.43%
  • Dating - Yes.

    35 38.04%
  • Dating - No.

    25 27.17%
  • Marriage - Yes.

    27 29.35%
  • Marriage - No.

    39 42.39%
  • I don't care! Whether they be Heathen, Muslim, or Christ-lovin'...religion doesn't cloud my judgment!

    25 27.17%
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Thread: Is It 'OK' to Have Inter-Religious Relationships?

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    Post Is It 'OK' to Have Inter-Religious Relationships?

    ***NOTE: Poll is multiple choice and private.***

    Do you feel that relationships, whether they be friendship, dating or marriage, between people of differing religious/non-religious orientation are acceptable, or atleast possible?

    For instance, if a person is Catholic, can they successfully form a bond with someone who is a Satanist, or a Pagan, Muslim or Buddhist, etc.? Or in reverse, can someone who is not of a Christian denomination, or a religion in general, feel comfortable in the company of those who are religious?

    Does one's religious views effect who they associate themselves with?

    Can people cast aside their religious ideology, or lack thereof, and connect with people on a personal, human level without their beliefs interfering?
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    Post Re: Is it 'OK' to have inter-religious relationships?

    Once I dated a Christian girl, and it wasn't pretty. We would constantly get into arguments about our religious orientation and it always ended up in some big fight and no talking to each other for a day or two. I think it is ok for people of different religions to get married(with the exception of Islam of course ), but it's up to the people to make it work and put their differences aside.
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    Post Re: Is it 'OK' to have inter-religious relationships?

    I'm actually quite respectful towards other peoples religions, and indeed this is what the Apostle Peter wrote is the proper behavior for Christians to do. I only have problems with people who bash my faith and say all sorts of ridiculous things about it.

    Many of my friends are atheists, one is Evangelical, and one is an excommunicated Catholic(sadly I actually helped him get there...oops!). I can assure you I'm the only traditional Catholic(or even Orthodox) in the gang.

    It really depends on the attitude you have towards other religions.

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    Post Re: Is it 'OK' to have inter-religious relationships?

    I voted for the last option, but for me a muslim is out of the question!

    It also differs how serious one takes religion. I'm an agnost, but I wouldn't have much problems with a catholic or protestant or pagan girl. But a strictly evangelical girl would cause problems, I'm sure.

    In friendship, I don't mind if one is religious. I've got an evangelical friend. But again a muslim is out of the question for me.
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    Post Re: Is it 'OK' to have inter-religious relationships?

    I'm heathen(Hellenic-Roman) and i have no problem with religion exept muslim ofcaurse!
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    Post AW: Is it 'OK' to have inter-religious relationships?

    It depends on the religion. I could live together with a Satanist or Atheist or anybody who has a polytheistic belief, or a religion without Gods... but never with a Christian or Muslim or a Jew!
    I can't tolerate these desert religions.

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    Post Re: Is it 'OK' to have inter-religious relationships?

    Well, as long as the person I interact with doesn't try to convert me. I myself am Heathen, but my father is an Atheist and my mother Roman-Catholic (not practising). My parents never pushed any religion or lack of it onto me and I'm very happy for it. A good friend of mine is christian and it's no reason to stop having contact with him, for there are enough points of view at which we do agree.

    But...I don't think I could ever form a bond with a muslim...

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    Post Re: Is it 'OK' to have inter-religious relationships?

    That depends. A definite exclusion for me would be Muslims.
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    Post Re: Is it 'OK' to have inter-religious relationships?

    As a person who has absolutely no religious persuasion, I think I can objectively answer this question. Not only do I *not* have a religion, but I am also not supremely convinced there is no god, etc. So, I really have no agenda.

    Personally, I find the topic of religion extremely fascinating, so I do not mind having friends of various different religious persuasions. Among my friends are Agnostics, Atheists, Christians, Muslims, Heathens, and Polytheistic adherents. Although I manage to maintain a neutral stance on the topic, I do believe talking about the spiritual realm is extremely important, as that realm defines our true essence. Therefore, having friends of different religions is not necessarily a bad thing.

    Dating is a peculiar matter, because I think it depends on the situation and the individual. To me, dating is a precursor to marriage: so if you have no intent on checking to see if a person would be good for marriage, what is the point of dating? Of course, I have a very old-fashioned view of marriage, but that is another topic completely. However, I bring it up because it comes to bear.

    Marriage is tricky among people of different religious persuasions. I have noticed that people tend to be very dogmatic when it comes to religious beliefs. If people are so caught up in their religion that they are hard-headed and stubborn, it can make life extremely difficult for the relationship.

    Then, there is the question of the children: how will the children be raised? If you have a Germanic heathen and a Roman Catholic together in a marriage, both people will have VERY different views on how to raise the child. I am not sure raising children without a religion is a good idea, unless you teach them traditional values during the process. Nonetheless, justification and legitimation become difficult without a religious context, especially for young children, and most especially for people who cannot grasp abstract concepts. SO children should have a religion of some kind: whose religion will it be? To me, as long as the religion fosters traditional Germanic values, does it really matter what the means is?

    Furthermore, it has an actual strain on the relationship. If the Germanic Heathen, as in the example above, completely denigrates the monotheistic religions (such as the Roman Catholic persuasion), then that wears at the relationship over the years. The person's perspective is moulded by his Weltanschauung, particularly the religious one. If religion plays an important part in life, it becomes especially difficult, because all of a sudden, that person's viewpoint loses legitimacy and is disrespected. This tendency causes conflict.

    However, if the Roman Catholic in question really does not follow the religion and really does not care, then that changes the water on the beans. It all depends on the individual circumstances and personalities involved.

    The basic rule is the following: USE COMMON SENSE. My goodness, common sense has gone out the window completely, and if people would just come back to common sense, so many problems could be ameliorated.

    How does this come to bear on dating (for me)? Well, if I am trying to determine whether or not a person is viable for marriage, then the question of marriage and religion plays a direct role in the dating question. Quite simply, if I have no intent on marrying the individual due to religious reasons, why should I date him?

    Personally, I do not see this question as an obstacle for me, because as interesting as I find this topic, I have not encountered a religion in depth that I admire (yet). I think this fact has to do with the fact that I do not fully know or comprehend many religions. For example, in terms of heathenism, I know very little, so I cannot formulate an opinion or a feeling about it. Perhaps my religious "search" or "curiosity" propels me to have different friends of different religions, in the hope that I might formulate my own opinion about religion one day.

    Although religion would not preclude a friendship, dating, or marriage relationship, this fact will not be true for all people. The most important point is to think rationally and realistically about the situation and determine how important your religious convictions are to you.
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    Post Re: AW: Re: AW: Is it 'OK' to have inter-religious relationships?

    Friendship - yes. Marriage and dating - no. And this is because Islam is also a religion. There are White Muslims, but most "racial" battles are not fought explicitly over race, they are fought over other issues, like politics and religion. And the coming battle that will decide Europes racial future will probably, on the more political level, be between religions (Islam against the rest). And then the White Muslims will have serious loyalty-problems.

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